Let's face it, the kind of people that buy an Audi RS4 are the people that actually want a car for themselves. The estate body is just an excuse... "See, honey, I've bought a family car!" Total nonsense!
I can see you! Yes, you! RS4 buyer. You were the one telling your spouse you should get a practical car to get all the family in it. You remembered the day when your spouse asked you to sell your beloved sports car for something more "Family-oriented". I can see you crying (*Lionel Richie music playing in the background*. You used to ask yourself: "How can I live without a sports car?". However, soon, you prepared a machiavellian stratagem that could put you back behind the wheel of an exciting car.
Before we dig into our main subject, here is a little retrospective of the fast mid-size estates built by Audi. The story started back in 1994 with the RS2. This legendary model was based on the Audi 80, an ugly and ordinary wagon. Under the hood you found the beautiful inline 5 cylinder that produced 315 PS and was, obviously equipped with the famous Quattro system. With the RS2 came the creation of the brand new "RS" line. Audi produced less than 3'000 cars so the car instantly became a myth. It was also due to the fact that Audi co-developed this car with Porsche! Then came the first ever RS4, the B5, in 1999. In my opinion, the prettiest Audi estate ever made. It was equipped with a V6 biturbo engine that produced some 381 PS. Just bare in mind that this was almost 20 years ago... Yes, it also had a Quattro system.
Its replacement, the B7, came out in 2006. Yet again, Audi changed the engine and went for a naturally-aspirated V8 that produced 420 PS. But this time, Audi did things differently with the RS4. You now had the possibility to get the car as a sedan and even a convertible! A total departure from what Audi used to do. Fortunately enough, most buyers took the estate. It was followed by the B8 in 2012, the car we are reviewing in this article, but we'll go back to it later. This year, Audi presented the brand new B9 RS4. A car equipped (again) with a new engine, a new 2.9 V6 biturbo. It only comes as an estate and we can't wait to put our hands on one! But back to the B8. This RS4 from 2013 is actually pretty interesting, since it is the last naturally-aspirated V8 engine that Audi will probably ever produce. I don't think we'll ever see this kind of engine again. It's a shame, but on the other hand, it makes this RS4 pretty special.
I've always loved RS4 estates because they make absolutely no sense. It's a practical supercar that can be your daily. Its design is also quite subtle and a lambda person could never expect that this car goes from 0-100 km/h in only 4.7 seconds. The B8 is one of my favorites. It is equipped with the amazing 4.2 V8 paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It develops 450 PS so as much as the new B9 and is probably one of the best sounding RS4's ever.
It is very easy to drive, a bit too easy actually, the gearbox is seamless and the ride comfort is excellent. It's not a very fun car though, but we all know that RS models are a bit dull in comparison to what Mercedes-Benz has been making. They may be a bit boring but they are the perfect Autobahn destroyers. The RS4 is a refined and logical sports car that does the perfect job of doing nearly everything you ask it to do anyday of the year. So it's actually not a home breaker... On the contrary, everybody can get what they want out of an RS4.
P.S For your information, only 7000 units of this car were built. Future classic alert?
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